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Help - I just found a larvae!

citypalus

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I have a very small secondary tank that I keep some plants and shrimp in, but this morning I found a larvae! I have Eastern Newts in another tank, so the only thing I can think is I transferred a plant and an egg was in there or something. Or it was alive in the other tank and I transferred it? I have no idea.

It looks fairly developed, tiny but all his legs are there. How it grew and survived? Seems impossible.

if anyone has expertise... what should I do? I have attached a little video. I don't want it to die.

Any advice!
 

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I would remove the shrimp. You can feed the little newt daphnia, newly hatched brine shrimp, and chopped black worms.
 

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I would remove the shrimp. You can feed the little newt daphnia, newly hatched brine shrimp, and chopped black worms.
thanks for that, not sure i can get the shrimp out.
how could it have survived to grow legs? the only thing I have put in there are algae pellets. what else could it have eaten?
I am just perplexed
 

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It will have been eating all the microfauna in the tank. There's so much tiny life in there, it's been munching away. It will need bigger food now, as the poster above said daphnia & brine shrimp are great, or chopped up blackworm. Once you start feeding it it will grow quickly!
 

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It will have been eating all the microfauna in the tank. There's so much tiny life in there, it's been munching away. It will need bigger food now, as the poster above said daphnia & brine shrimp are great, or chopped up blackworm. Once you start feeding it it will grow quickly!
You might be able to try frozen bloodworm, daphnia etc as well
 

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You might be able to try frozen bloodworm, daphnia etc as well
thank you, i am trying with frozen rotifer and frozen daphnia.
i have also found there are two other larvae! such cuties
reading as much as i can about them, knowing well that expectations for survival are low. no idea how old they are now.
 

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update: they are still going... in fact there are four now. 2 months since I found the first!
 

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